Office of the President
Welcome to Fall 2012
With the launch of the fall quarter, we again
begin an exciting cycle of enriching experiences, ongoing innovation and new
First, as I announced at Fall Faculty Day, I will be
retiring as president
of Cal State L.A. on June 30, 2013. I wanted to take this
opportunity to let you know that I have greatly enjoyed my 33
years working with you, this UniversityÂs dedicated staff
members, faculty and administrators. You
all have done so much to help carry out CSULAÂs mission for
generations of students. I take pride in what we have
accomplished together, and wish you all the very best in your
professional endeavors. Thank you for standing with me all these
This year, we welcome the largest freshman class in Cal State
L.A.Âs history, which provides us the opportunity to examine and
refine the manner with which we approach such a large influx of
eager young minds to support their academic success. We look
forward to a very productive year of strengthening the
University and supporting
student success for a very challenging future.
beginning of fall quarter also encourages us to look back at
recent successes, and the 2011-2012 academic year was abundantly
full of accomplishments that shine a spotlight on many programs.
CSULA faculty, staff and students continue to be a source of
inspiration and pride for the University, such as graduate
Toni Gonzalez, an archaeology major who recently
garnered the William Randolph Hearst/CSU TrusteesÂ Award for
Outstanding Achievement. Congratulations are also in order for
who discovered a new species of Skogsbergia ostracod (a
crustacean) while participating in the COAST work-study program
under the guidance of Biology Professor Elizabeth Torres.
Also deserving of recognition are the renowned faculty and staff
in the engineering and science related disciplines, and those
working within the
programs. Their knowledge and staunch dedication to helping
students achieve at the highest level have earned Cal State L.A.
a ranking among the top 50 baccalaureate institutions of origin
that produce Hispanic science and engineering doctorate
data was compiled from 2005 to 2009 and published in a
by the National
Science Foundation, entitled Women, Minorities and Persons
with Disabilities in Science and Engineering, 2011. This is
most impressive considering there are more than 2,400
institutions of origin that grant baccalaureate degrees in these
addition, Washington Monthly Magazine has placed CSULA 11th
out of 682 nationally in its annual ranking of universities that
offer masterÂs degrees. Each campus is rated on its contribution
to the public good in three broad categories: ÂSocial Mobility
(recruiting and graduating low-income students), Research
(producing cutting-edge scholarship and Ph.D.s), and Service
(encouraging students to give back to their country).Â
This year, the CSU will continue to
face budgetary challenges, particularly if Proposition 30 fails to generate the votes needed to pass during the fast-approaching November
July, the Board of Trustees voted to endorse Proposition
30 in the hope of
avoiding an additional $250 million trigger cut to the CSU. The
vote reflects the BoardÂs efforts toward seeking fiscal
stability in funding levels for 2012-2013, and beyond. By
addressing the stateÂs funding gap now, it is believed that the
CSU budget would be less likely to be cut and possibly receive better
budget support in future years. Last week the Board voted to
implement a five percent student tuition increase if Proposition
30 does not pass to reduce the impact of another massive budget
to learn more about
the Âtrigger on the trigger.Â
Although the fate of Proposition 30 is uncertain, CSULA has
structured its budget on an assumption that there will be
additional trigger cuts to the CSUÂs budget, and has managed
resources to avoid layoffs.
for more information
about Proposition 30.
Ethan Lipton/Ali Modarres
Fellowship for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
Established through donations by two Cal State L.A. alumni and named in
honor of the professors who changed their lives, the
Ethan Lipton/Ali Modarres
Fellowship for Excellence in Teaching and Learning was created to acknowledge
the importance of life-changing teaching practices and to encourage
inspirational teaching and mentoring. The fellowship provides support for a
promising CSULA faculty member to further develop his/her skills in helping
students reach their potential.
Ethan Lipton is a technology professor
in CSULAÂs College of Engineering, Computer Science, and
Technology. Professor Ali Modarres is the chair of the
Department of Geosciences and Environment in the College of
Natural and Social Sciences.
Cal State L.A.
receives $300,000 to help nurses earn higher degrees
For its leadership in helping
create CaliforniaÂs highly educated and diverse nursing
workforce, the University was chosen to receive a two-year,
$300,000 grant by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation through its
new program, Academic Progression in Nursing.
California was one of nine
states chosen for grants, and Cal State L.A. was the only
university in the state chosen to receive the funding. The
program creates strong partnerships between community colleges
and universities, and the development of a seamless,
uninterrupted and timely progression from the associate to the
bachelorÂs degree. The University will focus on implementation
of this collaborative model of nursing by partnering with at
community colleges in the region.
CSULA, CSU communities offer ideas to manage
May, during the Systemwide
Budget Advisory Committee meeting, students, faculty and staff had the
opportunity to suggest ideas to reduce costs and raise revenues to manage the
CSUÂs current and potential budget reductions. Participants submitted questions,
concerns and ideas during the meeting, which was projected live, via webcast, at
multiple locations on each CSU campus.
solicit more feedback from the CSU community, in June a
follow-up meeting, viewed by approximately 750 people, resulted
in more than 150 questions and suggestions. The submissions
included increasing tuition for super seniors or students taking
more than 18 units, garnering more industry investment in the
CSU, offering more Cal State online courses, and increasing
employeesÂ share of healthcare costs. Some of the suggestions
raised are already under consideration, such as shared
administrative services, increasing the number of nonresident
students, tiered tuition, and the rental of campus facilities.
Questions, suggestions and comments from the participants are
available on the
in the ÂcaptioningÂ sections.
CSU and faculty union reach agreement
After months of negotiations, the California State University reached a
two-year agreement on a successor contract with the California Faculty
Association (CFA), which was ratified during the September Board of
The agreement calls for no retroactive
salary increases for 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 with opportunities
to re-open salary and benefits negotiations during the 2012-13
and 2013-14 academic years. The contract also outlines changes
to the evaluation and appointments process for three-year
temporary faculty appointments, as well as an increased
reimbursement rate to the CSU for leave time taken for union
duties. Other provisions include a discretionary campus-based
equity program that targets specific faculty classifications and
a systemwide online evaluation process.
Trustees continue search for new Chancellor
As you know,
Chancellor Charles B. Reed
has announced his retirement following a 14-year tenure with the CSU. The Board
of Trustees began the search for a new chancellor this summer with the formation
of the Special Committee for the Selection of the Chancellor. The final
candidates are expected to be announced in October.
Office of the Chancellor has provided the opportunity for input
or to ask questions of the selection committee. In addition, the
CSU has a
that provides information on the selection process. Chancellor
Reed will remain in his post until a successor is named.
Four new trustees appointed to Board
The Governor has appointed Lupe Garcia,
Hugo Morales, James ÂLarryÂ Norton and Cipriano Vargas to the CSU Board of Trustees.
served in multiple positions at Gap Inc. since 1999, Morales has been
executive director at Radio BilingÃ¼e Inc. since 1980, Norton
was most recently principal at Norton and Associates from 1980
to 2007, and Vargas is a CSU San Marcos student who serves
as the Associated Students vice president of external affairs.
Upcoming campus events
There are some major events to look forward to over the next few
weeks. They include the
38th Annual Alumni Awards Gala on October 11, the
Pat Brown InstituteÂs
California Agenda Distinguished Lecture on October 17, and
Billie Jean King and Friends fundraiser on October 27. Check each respective website for details.